Elsloo, Netherlands

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A Linearbandkeramik village and cemetery beside the River Maas in Limburg, the Netherlands, excavated by P. J. R. Modderman between 1958 and 1966. These extensive excavations revealed more than 80 houses represented in arrangements of postholes, and Modderman organized these into six main phases, each with between eleven and seventeen houses in use at any one time. The associated cemetery is the largest of its kind known, with 113 graves, 40 of which were cremations. Grave goods include pottery drinking cups usually near the head, stone adze blades, flint blades, and in one case a quernstone. The cremation burials generally had fewer grave goods than the inhumations.


P. Modderman, 1975, Elsloo, a Neolithic farming community in the Netherlands. In R. Bruce‐Mitford (ed.), Recent archaeological excavations in Europe. London: Routledge, 260–87

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